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Hands - Praying PowerBy now, a bunch of you have jumped on the bandwagon of our "40 Day Prayer Challenge", making sure you pray the same 3-10 prayer requests for the next 40 days.  That is AWESOME!

MARKING OFF the days you pray in your journal will help you avoid the mistake of James 4:2 (i.e. not seeing God move because you're not praying about it).

DOCUMENTING your micro-answers from God in your journal will help you avoid the mistake of Luke 17:11-19 (i.e. receiving answers but failing to notice God and/or thank God for it).

But I want to remind you about the role of believing God in prayer…OUR FAITH1 Timothy 2:8 reminds us to pray without doubting God.  James 1:5-8 says if you pray about something and doubt God can/will do it, guess what???  You won't get a thing!  Jesus illustrated this in Mark 6:1-5 when his hometown's lack of faith limited what miracles He would do.

So here are 2 questions I want to address:

1.  Why does God require us to BELIEVE HIM when we pray?  — That's easy.  God knows that if we doubt God can or will answer our prayer request when we ASK it, then we'll ALSO doubt God had anything to do with it if He ANSWERS it!  Then we'll get confused about who did it, & we won't give Him the credit.  Instead, we'll just chalk it up to "chance" or "us trying harder" or some other reason.

2.  What should we do if we are DOUBTING GOD when we pray? — Well, we can do what Jesus did when He was tempted to sin in Matthew 4:1-11.  He quoted the promises of Scripture.  Here's what I do when I feel stressed or worried in the middle of praying about something.

  • I press Pause — I know I'm not accomplishing ANYTHING when I pray about something as I'm doubting God, or sensing fear in me.  So I press pause on my request & do the next thing.
  • I quote Scripture — I start quoting verses about who God is, how good He is, how powerful He is, how He can do anything, how He really does want the best for us, and how His ways are perfect.  Some verses I quote back to God are: Genesis 18:14, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 3:5-6, Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Timothy 1:7, Revelation 21:4.
  • I press Play — Once my "stress level" has gone DOWN again (because my "faith level" has gone UP again by quoting Scripture), I start praying for my request again…this time in faith!

Hope this helps.